Russian farmers visited Morning Star Farms in Smithville, NY, to learn about the use of biocontrol nematodes. Photo: Northern New York Agricultural Development Program

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Solution for Beetle Pest in Northern NY May Help Control Corn Rootworm
A management solution developed with funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program for controlling one field crop insect pest may also help corn growers protect their crop from another. The protocol for applying biocontrol nematodes to manage alfalfa snout beetle shows potential for managing corn rootworm, says research leader Cornell University entomologist Elson Shields. Biocontrol nematodes are microscopic worms that eat the larva of alfalfa snout beetle, thereby reducing beetle populations to less damaging levels in alfalfa crops. Shields says his research in Northern New York indicates the nematodes persist, even increase, at effective populations over multiple years even when the field is rotated to corn or soybeans for 4 to 5 years.

Tend, John Deere Bring Plug-and-Play Video Monitoring Mainstream
Tend announced the launch of a new line of Wi-Fi video cameras with John Deere. The cameras give property owners a way to monitor their home, outbuildings, equipment or business. The cameras are available for both indoor and outdoor applications.

Larger Width Perfecta® Field Cultivators
Unverferth Manufacturing Co., Inc. announces larger 30’ to 40’ working-width models of its Perfecta® field cultivator.  The Perfecta implement combines a tillage, leveling and finishing action all in one tool for one-pass row-crop planting. The new models feature 6” x 4” front frame tubing with a trussed mainframe design for added durability. The new sizes also feature a floating wing design that automatically raises 15 degrees and lowers by 5 degrees for easily following field contours.

Vilsack Backs Perdue As His USDA Successor
According to, former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said “he supports Sonny Perdue as his successor at USDA.”


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